Most of us know that home hygiene habits are a good preventative measure to keeping your mouth in good health. It is true that people who brush and floss regularly are less likely to suffer problems associated with decay and gum disease. As a hygienist, I evaluate my patient’s oral health and make suggestions to improve their home hygiene routines. Brushing twice a day and flossing before bed are great ways to take good care of your teeth, but keep in mind, there are several other things a hygienist can do for you that you may not even be aware of.Coming in regularly for your cleanings allow our hygienists to do an oral cancer screening, assess the health of gum tissue, and remove debris. We also take x-rays in order to catch decay at its earliest phase to avoid doing bigger work.
Did you know your toothbrush can remove plaque but only your hygienist or dentist can remove tarter?? Plaque is soft and can easily be removed by the soft bristles of your toothbrush. Tarter is harder. (It rhymesJ) When plaque calcifies, it becomes tarter. A tooth brush and floss cannot remove tartar build- up. When you come in for your dental cleaning your hygienist will remove this tartar with special instruments.Bleeding while brushing and flossing is a cause for concern. Bleeding indicates inflammation and infection of the gums. Tender and/or bleeding gums can even indicate serious infection which can lead to tooth loss. Your hygienist will evaluate your gum health to catch any problems early.
Here at Advance Family Dental, we are on your side. We want to assure you get the care you deserve, while educating you on the importance of dental health.Annie Lutterman R.D.H.